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Building a Pool? Here’s What You Need to Know Before Diving In

Posted by Blue Haven Tulsa on 04/28/2014

Owning a swimming pool can bring a lot of joy to its owners, as it improves the appearance of your property and helps make classic summertime traditions – barbecues, family reunions – even more enjoyable. But before you get set to break ground on your new pool project, you should take a few steps to make sure you have your pool built properly and within budget.

Zoning and Finding the Right Contractor

The first thing you’ll want to research is whether zoning laws permit the building of a pool on your property. While you may be able to build your pool, it is also possible that the size and the pool’s location on your property have some restrictions. You may also be required to install fencing or certain barriers as a part of safety regulations. Before you start an expensive pool project, it’s worth looking into these aspects and asking pool-owning friends and colleagues how they went about installing a pool.

Of course, hiring the right contractor is an essential step for successful installation of a new pool. You should try shopping around and getting different bids. Don’t be afraid to ask for references to make sure the contractors you’re working with have a history of producing quality work. When you choose a contractor, be sure to draw up a contract and settle all the terms in advance, including what the payment plan and overall amount will be. Only sign the contract once you’ve reviewed and understand everything contained within.

Knowing Your Budget Costs

Getting an estimate is an important part of any plan to build a pool. This will help you get an idea of what your final costs will be, an important factor in deciding whether building a pool is worth it. Certain materials will lead to higher costs in the end. For example, you can save money when you install a fiberglass shell, which is cheaper and usually durable enough to withstand most damage. However, concrete is a step up and far less susceptible to the maintenance problems that come with cheaper materials. The most cost-friendly material is vinyl liner, although it has a number of drawbacks. For one, the material is susceptible to tears and leaks, meaning it will probably need to be replaced about once every ten years.

Hidden Costs and Adding To Your Pool’s Look

You might also want to add certain touches and visually appealing additions to your pool setup. For example, adding some landscaping or lighting to highlight your new pool, or including fun add-ons such as a diving board or a Jacuzzi. However, these costs can add up, so keep an eye on your budget.

Maintenance costs also should be factored in. Purchasing chemicals for your pool and cleaning your pool requires both time and money. Of course, there are always alternatives to the conventional materials: more expensive bromine and sodium filters are available, and automatic robotic pool cleaning systems can help you avoid or minimize weekly cleanings. You should also consider how taxes would factor into your final costs, as your annual property tax could increase when you add in a pool.

Pools can help you exercise, have fun with your family and are always an excellent centerpiece when hosting parties and having guests over. Ultimately, if you take care of all the groundwork and properly plan, adding a pool can pay for itself in years of fun and enjoyment.